We tend to travel a lot, and the one place we tend to travel to the most is Ontario Canada. Not only is it because all of my family and friends live that way, not only is it because that’s where I’m from, but because there’s so much to do up there for just a short drive.
Only a 4-5hr drive from Toledo Ohio. Toronto Ontario has so much to offer to families looking for a little something different to do, and yes, even with kids!
My family and I were invited to take a cruise on Lake Ontario on The Tall Ship Kajama. A three masted Schooner that takes you on a tour of the Toronto Harbor. Now I know nothing about sailing, but I thought this would be an adventure for my kids, and my father who just happened to have his 65th birthday at the time we decided to take the cruise, so we took him along with us. My dad loves sailing, loves boats!
The Tall Ship Kajama is a really big sail boat, not a small little dinky one that you’d own personally, this is huge!
The weather wasn’t the greatest, and it really did look like rain but they’re prepared on the ship, with a canopy to cover in case of some showers, which we did need for a small amount of time. The weather was overcast, but it was perfect for a sail, it wasn’t so hot, wasn’t so cold, just great for a day out on the water.
Once you walked aboard the Kajama one of the staff took your photo which you could purchase at the end of the sale for $10 I think it was. Since it was myself, my girls and my parents, it’s not a lot of times we get a photo together so my dad purchased one as a memento.
There’s nothing really ‘special’ about the cruise. You basically sit back, relax, enjoy the scenery and the crew sings a sailing song or two. You are allowed to help raise and lower the sails with the staff if you’d like as well.
My kids loved it, heck I loved it, and my parents definitely loved it! It was nice just to do something different and relaxing for once, together as a family, and it’s not every day you get to climb aboard a tall ship and set sail.
There’s also a bar on board (which yes, does serve alcohol) and you can eat aboard the ship as well with a pretty good menu at decent prices. My Father had fish and chips, my oldest a hot dog, my youngest and mom had a burger and I had a chicken panini sandwich, all were really good and great portions, so much so that me and my youngest took some of ours home with us.
There is also a place underneath set up with tables, (also where the restrooms are) where you can sit and eat as a group, or take shelter from the rain if it so happens to rain, because the canopy area can only hold so many people before you feel like a can of sardines.
We took a cruise at around 11 in the morning, there’s multiple cruise times throughout the day with the normal last cruise to set sail at 3:30 in the afternoon. On long weekends however they have a dinner/night cruise which I bet is incredible and I’d love to do one day.
The cruise is about an hour or so long, and you can board the ship 30 minutes before the ship is set to sail.
One thing a little loud, yet fun and exciting especially for the kids, is that nearing the end of the cruise, they shoot off a small cannon. When they say cover your ears..DO IT! It’s small but because I decided to take a video instead of cover my ears, I paid for it!
This is a great activity for a family, couple or even by yourself, very relaxing and fun at the same time. If you’re ever thinking of heading to Toronto this is definitely one of the things you should check out! For more information on times of the tours and how to reserve your ticket visit tallshipcruisestoronto.com.
Remember, you can take a vacation close to home, and still get ‘out of the country’ to do it, just a short drive away for those of us in Ohio, Michigan and New York, you do need a passport, but think about it, there’s so much to see and do in Ontario!
Be sure to be on the lookout for more of my travel posts and find out what you can discover!
August 19, 2013 – 10:30 AM - | Posted in Ontario Travel, Reviews, travel | 8 Comments »